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ty Nansen, Featured in "Anna
arenina," at tw Mastic on Wed-
esday an thrsa , M'y and
N "SllOT1IN QF IMA 1Ict0l3
n "The Shooting of !)an aMeGrew,"
forthcoming producion from the
dios of the Popular Plays and Play-
Company, with the famous dra-
iup star, Edmund reese, in the role
the man from the creeksthehe pro-
:ers have established a 1mer oa
rel precedents.
n order to secure the proper atmos-
re and detail and loM al or, Mr.
eese and a company of eigtly lay-
journeyed From Nw Y'ok to
Itiba, Canada, during the hei-ht o:
big snow season. Exact duplicates
Ala-skan settlements woe huil at
mendous cost. A duplicate of te
nous Malamute Saloon, wich eOx-
ed in the pioneer da3s w.as eon-
ucted and destroy ed bytir. The
ture required two months of stren-
.i .a _,1 t
is effor o osI cp'iug
>hund. anu eleen sCelQ ai
in five p .I wa ro e ati a
il cost O o
Phis is lmnnd Bese's it ap-
Irance in pktares since his power-
produjeio of Tm r Mid
ear ago.
The Shon r; fI lc"ill
the attrsjiea i' aetcon
nday and 'c

heliy Naiisei Plays Leading Role in
'ltis Wonderful Analysis of a
Woan'111ii Soul
A V?°aIII S'S RIhAT UIES $2,04R)A { A ,W'
The second of the great Betty Nan-
sen, mr dce-i-America series now being
flineed for the Fox Film Corporation;
William Fox, president, shows Miss
Nmsen in a more powerful character-
ization than any in which she has here-
tofore been seen in this country, or in
Europe. Anna Karenina, Count Leo
Tolstoi's masterful analysis of a wo-
Uan' soul, affords Miss Nansen a far
greater opportunity than did even "The
Celebrated Scandal" to display to the
fil her wonderful dramatic gifts Of
the Dart itself Miss Nansen says:
"Anna is one of those women who
ae preordained to lead lives that prove
and try them as insacrificial fires.
Sie has been misjudged in much of
the controversial storm that has raged
about Tolsto's book. Being Anna
Karenina she could not have done
other than wiat she actually did. Had
she trodden the straight and narrow
path prescribed by convention, .she
would not have been Anna.
Sees Coesolation.
"Surrounded try the oppressive
gloom and graadeur of a high Rus-
sian official's home, restricted in her
very natural impulse, all her affec-
tionate advances checked by her iron-
willed, impassive husband, a woman
like Anna would naturally do as she
did, and s i l consolation elswhere.
A nd let me remark here that women in
the position of Anna are by no means
so uncommon as may be supposed. To
each of them there is bound to come
some day a "Prince Wronsky." What
happens then depends upon the wom-
an. If she has great moral strength
in reserve, not even her misery will
permit her to weaken in her marriage
yows. Her heart may break, but she
will remain unifinchingly true -to -the
moral standard demanded by modern
"But suppose she is 'an Anna?' What
then? She will endure struggles, long
solitary vigils but, at last, she will
yield, because she believes that happi-
ness is the ultimate end of existence.
And, with her yielding, comes the be-
ginning of the end. It is as inevitable
as a Greek tragedy. Such an equation
always works out in the same way.
Symptnits of Wanin Love.
"First comes a coolness between the
erring couple. If, as was the case
with Anna, the guilty woman had left
a child behind her when she was
driven from her hoine, that compli-
cates the .case. No matter how low a
wonan may sink, the maernal instinct
will still maintain the ascendant. In
Anna's case it is Wronsky who tires
first. He is not particularly brutal;
but Anna sees and knows the synp
toms of his waning love.
"Then one day Wronsky is gone.
Alone in the midst of the collapsed
ruins of the happiness she promised
herself, Ann sees, too late, the fearful
mistake she has made. But even then
she does not realize the penalty that
she is to pay. She still cherishes a
hope that perhaps, now that she is
broken and humbled, her husband will
Ll) her, once more, a place at his
fireside; will let her take the child
r v"oin she yearns in- her arms.
Sie is Mistaken 2.
"But she is mistaken. Although his

g'eat brart is br aking in silence,
Karenina is ontwarlly as cold as ever.
Harshly he orders the wretched wo-
man, who has-comp to abase hersel
an s ~eek forgiveniess, from his house.
It is the old story of the woman pay-
ing. And pay Anna does. With her
love for her child eating her heart out,
I h- dra-;i throngh bce' (ral) miscrabhe
a'-;.' Tha e ad : ,2: slcc seeks Kare
a's >rgivenesc, but he is adamant
At last, di.en to desperation, she
'ads it alk As the thunder of th(
ain-wheels and the shriek of the
a a noomi e emd in my ears and]
ulig my15self rpon tee track, I feel all
that Anna must have felt in that su-
p)rc'ne and dreadful moment. It is the
ri tzst part I have ever played."
Of course, practically every theatre-
goer in the country, knows by this tinl(
°ow Mr. Fox, with unprecedented en-
terprise, reached out across the seas
and secured "The Royal Actress" t(
appear in lpictures for him exclusively
at $2,000 a week. Miss Nansen's con-
tract also contains provisions coverin
t n o her special car, Se
ifies thec housinig of her nutmerfous !ser

Si x.Rel Iieoe.y sTa e


B' Ii( i? SHOWVNAll M. A ll STI"

For several years it has been recog- "
nized by. all students of the photo-
dramatic art that D. W. Griffith st;
the pace, and for several months it
has been apparent that Mr. Criflita ha
been aiming to broaden t1e Sope of .
his work by departing from the field
tf mere narrative and making wder
ase of wha: .might be tcrme l " Thoat t]
literpretation." That is to say, he;
has been producing for the screen not (
Only the things that people do and
which are naturally the basis of nar-
rative, but also the things which they
think and which are the basis of more t,
intellectual pleasure.
Such work as this of course requires
a tremendous fund of imagination and
an equally tremendous knowledge of
all photographic possibilities and ef-s
fects. Thus he has made out of the ]
"vision" a part of his photo-dramaticn
work no less important than the fun-a
damental plot construction. For Mr.C
Griffith is well aware of the fact that
"action" can be struggles of the mind1
as well as the motions of the body.t
Those mental perturbations which the
actor on the stage can convey only by
the manner in which he delivers the
lines of the author, Mr. Griffith is able
to convey with infinitely more force
by picturization.
The world's greatest example oft
such work is undoubtedly "The Aveng-
iag Conscience," which is to be the six-r
reel offering at the Majestic Theatret
on Friday and Saturday, and whichr
takes its inspiration from Edgar Allana
Poe's story, "The Telltale Heart." and
from his poem, "Annabel Lee." The
most imaginative of all Am-erican au-
thors, Poe affords exceptional oppor-
tunities for the display of Griffith's
newly discovered field of work.
"The Avenging Conscience" has the
Ssub-title "Thou Shalt Not Kill," and
aims to show how the sinner is pur-
sued, not only by the actual conse-
quences of his crime, but by the
agency of a tortured conscience.
Robert W. Service, whose great poem
classic, "The Shooting of Dan Mc-
Grew," has just been completed by
the Popular Plays and Players, with
Edmund lirt ese in the leading role, is
known as the American Kipling. A
few oa the poems and a few scratch
v-ses Laerefron show the virility and
strength of his pen. In his poem, "The
Land That God Forgot," Mr. Service
O outcast land! O leper land.
Let the lone wolf-cry all express
The hate insensate of thy hand,
Thy heart's abyssnmal loneliness.
In "The Spell of the Yuk;on," the
first stanza pretty nearly describes a
ran's feelings aer he has struck
pater, and reads:
I wianted the gold, and I sought it;
I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
Was it famine or scurvy--I :'ught it;
I hurled my youth into a grave.
I vted' the gold, and I got it-
Came out with a fort:zne last fall,-
Yet somehow life's not what I thought
And somehow the gold isn't all.
In "The Shooting of Dan McGrew"
by far the most gripping traces from
this great writer's pen, Mr. Service
tells a story, weaves a romance, pleads
a cause, and lastly, as a denouement,
constructs the most powerful dramatic
s document of his career. The opening
- paragraph is given here:

A bunch of the boys was whooping it
up in the Malumete saloon;
L'he kid that handles the music-box
was hitting a jag time tune.
nack of the bar, in a solo game, sat
e Dangerous Dan MeGrew,
And watching-his luck was his light-o'-
love, the lady that's known as Lou.
I and the final paragraph in which Dan


Anna Karenina" Text For 'ountless
Ei' t"Ys Se;-inoiis and
51"IIT vi: N USDA V 'A 1)i11'h7Rl'i) X1Y
"Ana lKarenh'a" is falmnons t st-
ents of feminine psychology the w orld
: er. -it t Coum eo To. oi c a ',ted
h is onaderfnl ebl a-aier tlre hal
°lever been s :c a reA t of te
Jempi -x worki ea o a odL r w!n;-
3'S so]. Anna .arena ranks Ir
in a5i -trace of ibsena's .Soa or ied a
biThie, a a xe Luheroine io Lat
a ('a -; caurn typo. She las been te
txt for io~nnt I(E. e5::a;S 5srmous am
a;a aches andCol ot,'o ersy has -agld
otaly about the sory o the 'woman
n fo dared.'
In somrfe quarters Annma has been held
up as the prototype of the inisunder-
s ool wonian, in others she has been;
hjtly assailed as a modern Magdalen.
Al any rate, whatever angle her char--
water is viewed from, it is one full
o' such strange complexities that it
rust give the lightest of thinkers+
p.mlsoeor deep eonsderaion. Cer-
iJrily it is not a character to be dis-t
nuissed lightly.
Betty Nansen Sltas in Play.
The screen-play which has beent
wade for William Fox, president of'
Tle Fox Film Corporation, from Tol-
sioi's celebrated gook, is one that
t sts to the uttermost even the su-
p.-eme art of Betty Nansen, the world'sf
irost famous actress and the greatest-
tragedienne living, since the retire-
irent of the Divine Sarah. It is inr
every respect worthy of this sublime
artiste's marvelous genius and in it
j. iss Nansen rises to dizzy heights of
sublime artistry, excelling even the
great dramatic triumphs in which she
has brought the world to her feet. The
"player queen" herself, says of Anna
"Anna is a product of modern civil-
i;ation and convention. She dares to
ot-fy it, and is forthwith stretched
noon the cruel rack of the judgment
o: society. It is a tremendous sermon
ox the irredeemable fixity of the moral
code and the fearful rate of those who
seek to defy it."
It is not easy to deal with so vast a
topic as that . presented by Anna
Kaarenina in a few words. But, briefly
:3 ated, the plot is as follows:
Karenm i Marries.
"Alexis Karenina, secretary of state
to all the Russias, is married to Anna,
a creature of impulse, warm, passion-
a' e and beautiful. Alexis, on the other
irnd, is a pillor of society and cold,
correct and a model of statesmanship.
Judging from his frigid exterior one
v ould never dream that deep in his
Soul slumbers a mighty love for his
b^autiful wife. The couple have one
caild; whom they both equally idolize.
In fact, it is only when with his son
that Alexis allows his stern nature to
One day Prince Wronsky, a hand-
some and dashing young cavalry offl-
cor, enters into their lives. From the
brst there is a mutual attraction be-
tween Wronsky, who is as unscrupu-
lous as he is attractive, and the
neglected Anna. Their friendship
rapidly ripens into love. Alexis, cold
aml digniied on the surface as ever,
yet suspects and suffers tortures of
jealousy without unsealing his lips.
He waits and watches.
iIhe the Crash.

Then the crash comes. In a tre-
o-ndous scene, the husband at last
,nlatches the flood-gates of his soul
anl, heaping denunciations upon the
woman who has betrayed im, drives
her and 'her lover from his house.for-
ever. But the child he retains. Anna
and Wronsky at first are happy to-
gether. But a revulsion of feeling soon
sets in. Wronsky finally abandons
Anna. Too late, she realizes thai, no
matter how she may sutfer, woman
may not defy the law.
By a sulprene ei'ort she decidics to
seek her husband and implore his for--

_i the listavc there is the mieech
at an approaching locm ci: Tn' lhe
9 0are of its heao0light p etrat1s the
storm and gleams on Anna' white,,
desperate face. The thunde- of wlMel
grows louder, and a womatn scream
mingles with it. Anna leaps outward
fromt the pcmfcrm,
IPmiieriul illoral Ir 'mu.
Later, in death, she is admitted to
the home of the suffering Alexis, who,
alone with his dead at last, gives vent
to the pent-up passion of ihis life.
There is no luestion that. the screen
version of Anna Karenina is destined
to create even more talk than the book
itself. it is prTvrful, iu the mighty
currents of the greaa thirlpool that
envelops the unfortunate Anna. in
addition, it pulsates with acmion and
suspense. When it is sai that the
photography is perfenc the itnountings
magnificent and correct, and every ole-
tail carried out to the topmost pinnacle
of perfection, it can b>e seen that
"Anna Karenina" as a photo-play pro-
duction stands alone, towering iniht-

The Ihinite Exi reiit of PhIoio-1ra-
aIc lmgiat lol and MIystery.
"The Avenging ('olscience," the new
aix-reel photo-drama y 1),. W. Griffith
ich eclipsed all other successes at
the Strand Theatre in New York City
and which is to be seen at the Ma-
jestic on Friday and Saturday, might
justly be odescribed as a "murder nys-
tei-y of the inind." Though it intro-
es a detective and an entirely new
form o "third degree, with conies-
sion as the o'linax, it has no afihia-
tii . hatever with the ordinary "de-
tective film for the horrors that it
depicts are the terrors of the brain.
IC one were speaking colloquially, it
night be described as "the dramatized
br-ia-stform Cf a man who longs to
commit miurder." More seriously, it
is the great drama of remorse; the
visualization of those terrific tortures
of conscience which come to the crim-
inal after his deed of blood

Scene from "Te Shooting 0 t MoCrew,'' at the Majestic on Monday and
''Taesmay 2iay :1, anti Junli I.

ily above any screen < tr~aayet pro-
seatd~loveallThe specific crimin th. in stance
sented. Above all, it makes you think.
is the takm'Zig Of oa o But the°
Try as you miay, you can never forget .e.cantle applieJl with equal force
its powerful moral lesson or the n-ar-. . to the comission of any evil ,.:t of
velous acting of Miss Nnsen.
miplsev~th usi-t rever after-
This photo-play will be shown at the
wards haunt the brai of the man who
Majestic on Wednesday and Thus- . . e
day, May 2 and 3. Nothin of this sort has ever before
been attempted on the screen, for the
Sat siw1 Will 0 r ".'leeitenc a iase" ' )emands on the imagination and pho-
COMING_--A \\lliam ox phooplay tog-aphic art o, the producer are over-
supreme-Alexander Dumnas' l)eathiess whelming. lint Griffith had been long-
Drama, "The Clemencean Case." A iig to try the experiment, and with
screen play oea ig relentlessly with lgar \llan Poe's "The Telltale
the elemental fires of iuman passion ca:t' as his inspiration and the
writen with a pen that sor-hos and r-ooindwOrk of his narrative, ite
burns like acid. A living etching from plunged boldly ahead into new fields
life that will engrave itself i'or all of achievement. No other man alive
time in tle mentmwies of its belmolders; woild have even dared to undertake
DIestineod long to outive most -ontemn- the staging of a play with a spectre as
porar-y film plays because it h-andles ohe of the three leading characters.
without gloves the real problems of Mr. CrifIith selected H. B. Walthall
life. Entirely different, infinitely more for the extremely difficult task of por-
powerftml than any photo-play hithirlo tnaing the conscience-stricken crim-
seen; Theda Bara "The Vampire Wo- iral. For the element of sweetness and
man" of "A Fool There Was." Will- l)eauty in glowing contrast, he selected
iam E. Shay and all star cast. Blanche Sweet, and to Spottiswoode
----- --- - - Aitken was allotted the role of the
hleda Bar Coming Again to in l disetmodied spirit, With such artists
COMING--Theda Bara,leading worn-2ano limitiess resources at his com-
an of the fameol Theatre Antoine, mand he worked for months to bring
Paris, in "tIe Clemenceau Case," by about the result of this achievement.
Alexanter l)umas. This .great amt
beautiful actress in another "Vampire Fundailyon Walls Up for Ne Lodge
Role," destined to produce an even Foundation walls of the new Chi Psi
greater nation-wide discussion than A 'tapter lodge, which it is expected
Fool There Was," which is smashing will be completed September 1, are
records to smithereens whei;ever ti), and the structural steel work will
shown. Miss Bara's superb art at its I1 started at once. The architecture
sublime height supported by William will be similar to that of the Martha
E. Shay; direction Herbert Brenon, Cook dormitory, the building having
producer of "Kreutzer Sonata." trra cotta trimmings.

owls , e
Ta ;



McGrew, the dangerous and sneakygileness. But Alexis is unmelting.
"bad uan" of the snow world is killed, Sterniy he orders her aw-ay. Prayecs,
gives the producers of the picture the persuasion, pleading on her hands and
biggest theme they have ever worked knees, avail nothing. The w-etehed
on, an( affoirds Edmunld Breese a mug- woman creeps b-roken-hearteII a-'ay
nificent opportunity for his wodnoerful from thie house that now holds all
dramatic ability, that is dear to her. The bitterest re-
The screen version of "The Shooting morse gnawing at her hcart, she hides
of Dan M?'Arew" comes to the Majesti- from the world, lk a stricken animal.
on Monolay andi Tuesday. 1 Finally, driven to oesperation by her
misfortunes anti sufferings, the miser
vants, and also contains clauses cov- able Anna decies to end it all.
eing anda, gor injury she utayiiil Through a blinding snowstorm she-
sustai in the rpyoto-(ri makes ie- wayto the raihra station.'


g of Dan Mo'-
iln Monday
and June 1.

Scene from "The Avenging ConscienC e," to be shown at the Majestic on
Friday and Satur day, May 4 and 5.

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